About Me

Self, November, 2015

“Self, November, 2015”

I was taught how to shoot photos on an old Pentax film camera, it belonged to my father. He had been a photographer in the 60’s and 70’s and was happy to explain both the broad stokes and finer points of mastering a camera. I learned landscape photography from him. He would be keen on explaining to me the theories of why certain photos worked, and others didn’t, while critiquing my work with a polished eye when I shared them.

Water Street

“Water Street” – Photo by Robert W. Maneely

In 2012, I got my first break when I moved from cold woods of the Northeast to sunny California and became a photojournalist for the Ukiah Daily Journal. My style changed rapidly, and I grasped the incredibly valuable lesson on how to become fearless when it came to capturing a moment.

First Up

“Carrigan Lane Fire, 2012”

In the following years, my focus shifted as I started shooting circus and theatrical performances.  I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of capturing a story in a single frame. This became a new challenge for me, and adapting what I had learned as a photojournalist, I continued to evolve in this new medium.


“Beau & Aero” – Santa Cruz, 2015

In 2014 I stumbled across the works of Kai Man Wong, and was introduced to “Street Photography”, I fell madly in love instantly. I became obsessed with this new style of photography- letting people, their expressions, and their setting tell their stories- and simply being there at the right moment to help them tell it. This is the photography style that I most favor, and is heavily influenced by my time as a photo journalist.

Lakeport Women, July 4, 2015

“Lakeport, July 4, 2015”

Now, with an appreciation for storytelling and timing, I’ve adjusted my sights once more and have been experimenting with creative portraiture.  I feel like the journey of being a photographer is never complete; there will always be moments to capture, light to chase, and stories unfurling in the blink of an eye, and I will do my best to capture them.


“Untitled, 2014”